Recap: Teen worker sues Abercrombie and Fitch for firing her after she refuses to remove her headscarf.
She had worked in the store for 4 months, always adorned by the hajib.
She is asked to remove it, refuses, is sacked, sues and the judge agrees with her.
Wrong, wrong and wrong again.
Oh don’t look at this column this way. Yes, of course freedom of religion. Even if that extends to garments designed to obscure and hide women. Why not?
And here we go again: AF is the bad guy. Good-looking sales staff. Smug and insufferable CEO. Jeans that run small.
Let’s call it as it is: an ostensibly smarmy company that has a specific targeted demographic.
Where to start?
Okay, how about retailers can create any milieu they chose. Stores are free to stock the merchandise they want. They can have a dress code for their staff.
Just an aside AF, why did you hire this girl in the first place? No job offered, no problem. Let her sue on imagined discrimination.
If this column had an exclusive shop, there would be rules about how everyone dressed. Clothes would have to be not only neat and clean but uber stylish. No gum chewing. No slang used. No visible tattoos. And no mutilation. Do it on you own time and hide it at work.
By the way a fast rising national sandwich shop, which um makes sandwiches, demands that employees cover up their ink and not come to work in dirty clothes or with frayed jean hems. What about the standards for upscale boutiques?
If someone purring to prospective customers about purchasing large piles of clothing sported a 3-foot crucifix as jewelry or had ear stretching, that could be a problem.
No one is saying that the imaginary person cited above or the real Muslim teenager that is the focus of the column must abandon his or her faith or change how they present themselves. Just understand that other issues intrude, especially about outward aspects of faith. And the workplace can made certain demands.
People in all religions can face such challenges. The answer is to adopt, adapt or find a different job. Stand up for your faith by making that choice.
AF can stock the sizes they choose and create the sales force they want.
And by the way, inre important issues, AF was one of the first companies to agree to only use clothing factories that institute safety regulations.